Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Not sweet at all...

What started as a beautiful summer night at RAP full of hope and potential, quickly turned sour, cold, and tough to watch. The game was barely 5 minutes old when Sweets 3B John Skrbec launched a long fly ball over the left field fence to give Walla Walla a lead they would never come close to relinquishing the rest of the night.

Harbourcats starter Will Ballowe faced another 9 batters over two innings, leaving with bases loaded and nobody out in the third. On came versatile starter / reliever Scott Kuzminsky, who threw a little gas on the fire, allowing Walla Walla to plate 4 in the 3rd, and another 2 in the 4th before settling down to pitch four scoreless innings. Kuzminsky gave up 3 more in the top of 9 to round out the scoring for the Sweets.

Nosovic powers one onto Pembroke Street
Unlike Monday night, the Cats never threatened on Tuesday, and were unable to get to starting pitcher Matt Hall until mid-way through the 6th inning when Robie Nesovic pounded a ball just over left-center for his second home run of the year. The Cats then put together a walk and a couple of singles to score another run to chase Hall from the game, only to have reliever Josh Wagner shut the door for good.

Attendance was good to start the game at just shy of 1200 fans, but as the night went on, the score went up, and the wind chill found it's way down Pembroke St, the stands emptied. A long-ish game by Cats standards, clocking in at 2:46.

It's obvious from the first two games of this series, these are two teams heading in very different directions. The Sweets, powered by excellent starting pitching and timely hitting, are now atop the North Division, while Victoria continues to plummet downward, now 3 full games behind the Sweets. The squad looks tired, quiet, and little down on recent events. Perhaps a win in game three will turn the squad around prior to the all-star break...

The Cats conclude their three-game series against the Sweets Wednesday night at RAP.

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